Last Friday, the employment numbers for July were released. They weren't spectacular, but they were solid. Payrolls increased by 215,000 for the month, which kept the unemployment rate steady at 5.3%. Wage rates showed some life, up 0.2%. The increase lifts the average hourly wage to just below $25.

Since the job market began to recover in earnest in late 2013, we've been saying that as long as new payrolls come in at 200,000-or-better each month, the housing market would remain in good shape. That's been the case. Since early 2014, new monthly payrolls have regularly posted greater than 200,000.  Not surprisingly, home sales and new-home construction have improved with sustained job growth. Home priceshave also kept pace, which has been something of a surprise. We thought by this time, the rate of price appreciation would have slowed significantly.

As you might expect, we remain bullish on housing. Thanks to continued low mortgage rates and solid monthly job growth, more home buyers will enter the market. As things stand, we see no reason not to expect strong home sales and rising origination activity into at least early 2016.

Information provided by Jessica Regan.

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